COVID-19 Response Coalition for Monterey County Weekly Digest
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July 28, 2022

COVID-19 Response & Recovery for Child Care & Wellbeing

Our goal is to ensure that young children have quality, nurturing, and safe child care and education during and post-pandemic. For more information about this effort and the coalition behind it, please visit our web hub here.

If you have information, flyers, or events you would like to share in this publication please contact or send information to:

This Week's Highlights

A few highlights from this last week are shared below. Previous Weekly Digests are available here

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Monterey County Vaccines By the Numbers

Overall, 79.5% of the eligible population in Monterey County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

(Statistics provided by Monterey County Health Department)

Stay informed with the Monterey County COVID-19 portal


  • United Way Monterey County, VNA, and the Monterey County Health Department are seeking locations to host vaccination clinics for children 2 and up at NO COST. This is an opportunity to support families as they prepare for the school year by getting up to date on their immunizations. There are several opportunities available to help out in August and November! Contact Mary Ann Franscioni to schedule a clinic or for questions. See hosting requirements and available dates here.

  • The California Department of Public Health updated their guidance for K-12 programs on July 22.

    • Persons in a child care setting, regardless of vaccination status, do NOT need to quarantine after an exposure. 

    • All exposed persons 2 years of age and older are strongly encouraged to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.

    • Anyone who develops symptoms, even if they previously had COVID-19 or are vaccinated, should isolate and get tested.

    • Read the full update here.

  • Community Care Licensing has provided a PowerPoint for licensed child care educators. View it here.

  • Access MCOE's Early Care and Education Department virtual magazine for future professional development opportunities available for ECE providers here!

  • Did you know that there is a new WIC website in Monterey County? Visit here for more information.

  • Visit the 831 Breastfeeds website for information on how to support breastfeeding mothers and children in your community. Join an upcoming annual breastfeeding walk and get a free t-shirt:

  • Concerned about child care rates and quality standards in California? The Rate and Quality Workgroup at California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will be meeting to discuss reimbursement rates and quality standards for child care and preschool programs on Friday, August 5 from 8:30am - 11:30am. Your recommendations and attendance are welcome. Register here.

  • Save the date for Día De Los Muertos on Sunday, November 2 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Hartnell College La Plaza & Student Center. Click here for flyers and to reserve an altar.
  • Looking to make a difference in Monterey County? Bright Beginnings is looking for an Integrated Services Program Manager! Help spread the word and view the job announcement here.
  • What makes a successful transition to kindergarten? Click here to learn about best practices for promoting a smooth transition for children and families.
  • FEMA will offset COVID-19 related funeral or burial expenses for eligible persons in the US. Our thoughts go out to those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic. Click here for more information and apply by calling (844)684-6333.
  • Thinking of starting a new business, or need some 1:1 support? Check out this training series, starting Tuesday, August 2, from El Pájaro Community Development Program.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information ➡️click here to learn more...

General COVID-19 & Public Health ➡️click here to learn more...

Resources & Tools

Financial Relief for Families ➡️click here to learn more...

All Ages Learning & Development Supports ➡️click here to learn more...

Resilience & Mental Health Resources ➡️click here to learn more...

Child Care & Education Quality & Business Tools ➡️click here to learn more...

Policy & Advocacy ➡️click here to learn more...

It Takes a Coalition 

The emergency response providing coordinated solutions for child care and education is led by a coalition of early childhood champions, united under the Bright Beginnings Strategic Framework to better support all young children and their families, to prepare every child for life and school. This coalition is ever-growing:

4th Monterey County Supervisorial District

30th California Assembly District

Building Healthy Communities


Carmel Unified School District

Child Care Planning Council

Child Development Centers and Continuing Development Incorporated

Children’s Council

Early Development Services

First 5 Monterey County

Go Kids, Inc.

Health Department

MAOF Resource & Referral & Alternative Payment Program

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Natividad Medical Center

North Monterey County Unified School District

Office of Education - Early Learning Program

Office of Education – Educational Services

Public Health Office

Quality Matters Monterey County

Salinas City Elementary School District

Social Services - Child Abuse Prevention Council

United Farmworkers Foundation

United Way of Monterey County


A special thanks to the coordinating team and major funders: Bright Beginnings Backbone, Child Care Planning Council, First 5 Monterey County, MAOF Resource & Referral, Quality Matters Monterey County, and the United Way of Monterey County.

For more information, please contact

Looking for child care? 
Or are you a provider looking for up-to-date information and resources to provide quality care and education?  

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